Whole School Literacy

Intent

  • To create a culture where everyone is motivated to read for pleasure both in school and at home
  • To ensure students see the value of wider reading and it’s links to being better writers and lifelong learners
  • To develop the students depth of understanding in their reading skills through the use of the Reciprocal Reading programme
  • To ensure that all students are provided with the necessary literacy skills required to cope confidently with curriculum developments; prepare them for the requirements of future studies in further education and the needs of the adult world and future employment
  • To create a culture in which students are aware of the need for accuracy and sophistication in the way they express themselves both in verbal and written communication
  • To embed a whole school approach to the language of vocabulary and how it is explicitly taught to ensure students are word rich and equipped to cope with an ever increasing demand in challenging vocabulary at GCSE
  • To embed a whole school approach to the marking of literacy so that students can take ownership and reflect and improve
  • To give students the tools to write fluently and confidently as specialists in their subject area
  • To give students opportunities across the curriculum to articulate their ideas in a mature and sophisticated way
  • To ensure that teachers aid the transfer of skills across the curriculum to ensure competent articulation and organisation of ideas into fluent and accurate pieces of writing
  • To ensure that all students take pride in their work and will redraft work to ensure high quality standards in writing.
  • To ensure that literacy is a high priority in assessments and feedback in every subject
  • To ensure that literacy gaps are identified and addressed to ensure swift progress.
  • To ensure staff have dedicated Professional Development with a literacy focus including teaching of vocabulary and Reciprocal Reading

IMPLEMENTATION

  • All students have access to a ‘Literacy Learning Platform’ (structure outlined below) to support, encourage, engage and develop reading and literacy across the school
  • Literacy Learning Platform

  • Development of Reciprocal Reading in all subject disciplines
  • A Tier 2 Vocabulary programme in KS3 registration
  • A wider reading programme in Y12 tutorial
  • Explicit teaching of vocabulary across all key stages and in all subject disciplines
  • World Book Day celebrations yearly to encourage engagement in the purpose of reading everyday
  • A structured reading programme in both registration and English lessons at KS3
  • Authors in residence days to promote reading engagement
  • Opening of the school library to the community in the summer holidays to support the continued engagement with reading
  • Work with SBC libraries and local book shops to enhance reading club and also take part in county wide competitions.
  • Training of student librarians in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
  • A Literacy Improvement programme (Power Up) is delivered by an English specialist and SEND team to address underperformance at KS3.
  • A Specialist Leader in Education (teaches in the English department and specialises in KS2-KS3 literacy) works across the feeder schools with the most able to stretch and challenge reading skills ready for the SATS and the KS3 curriculum
  • The school has a consistent approach to teaching writing through a TOWER model (Talk, Organise, Write, Edit, Reflect) seen in schemes of learning across the curriculum.
  • Literacy pages in the school planner encourage students to be self-correctors and transfer basic skills across the curriculum. Identifying errors with green pen accuracy.
  • All staff implement the whole school literacy marking policy, using marking symbols consistently.
  • Literacy focused assemblies for KS3&4 to encourage student organisation, self-correction and conscious crafting.
  • Assistant Head Teacher working with all departments on literacy professional development within their subject.

Whole School Numeracy

Intent

  • To ensure that pupils develop and/or use their mathematical knowledge and skills competently across the curriculum.
  • Ensure that teachers can competently use range of strategies to support the learning of maths in their subject area.
  • Create a numeracy rich culture where students can see the relevance of maths and its function as a lifelong skill.
  • To build the confidence of students so that they can transfer skills across the curriculum.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Provision map for KS3-KS5 created by numeracy co-ordinator following communication with all Subject Leaders.
  • Action plan created to target support to subject areas which need guidance with mathematical concepts- particularly with added rigour of new curriculum.
  • Development of a numeracy day to engage students in the wider use of mathematics
  • Development of programme of careers talks to build purposeful links to lifelong use of maths in a functional way.
  • KS3 Numeracy programme for registration
  • KS4 GCSE Numeracy programme for registration
  • Year 7 Numeracy Challenge Day
  • UK Mathematics Trust Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths Challenges